Valley Royal athlete Zach Choboter, representing Abbotsford’s St. John Brebeuf School, placed first in the BC Secondary School’s decathlon championship held this past Friday and Saturday at the Swan Track in Abbotsford.
In spite of inclement weather conditions that on Friday morning featured torrential rain showers, Choboter amassed 5,485 pts to easily win the event. In second place was White Rock Christian’s Glen Johnston (4,529 pts) and Derek Brougham (Oak Bay) came third (4,468 pts). Thirteen athletes from schools throughout the province took part in this year’s decathlon.
Choboter won seven of the 10 events (100m-11.49), 400m (54.62), 100m hurdles (17.14), hj (1.71.), LJ (6.22m), SP (10.73m) and discus (31.43m). In the other three events Choboter placed second in the pole vault (3.30m) fourth in the 1500m (5:07.95) and fifth in the javelin (31.73m).
At next week’s BC High School track and field Championships that begins Thursday at McLeod Park in Langley, Choboter will once again be busy as he expects to take part in the 100 meters, long jump and high jump events.
In the women’s heptathlon event, Nina Schulz of New Westminster Secondary scored 4,655 pts. to win in a tight battle with Walnut Grove’s Robyn Buckingham who placed second (4,506 pts.). Winston Churchill Stephanie Cho came third (4,342 pts.).
On her way to the win, Schulz placed first in the 100m hurdles (14.92), shot put, (9.51m), 200m (26.55) and long jump (5.71m). She was second in the high jump (1.59m), 6th in the 800m (2:31.81) and seventh in the javelin (25.76m).
Buckingham was first in the high jump (1.62m) and javelin (41.54m) while Cho won the 800m (2:15.01). Fourteen athletes completed the two day heptathlon event.